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white lie

Meaning: a harmless lie

Example: Telling your friend that you like their new haircut, when you really don't, is an example of a white lie. Read on

green with envy

Meaning: extremely jealous of another person

Example: Sally was green with envy when he saw my brand new car. Read on

Black Friday

Meaning: a day of a financial disaster

Example: My friends wait desperately for online sales on Black Friday. Read on

black day

Meaning: it is a day on which something terrible has happened

Example: My grandmother told me that it is a black day tomorrow. Read on

red herring

Meaning: something irrelevant that distracts you from something important

Example: The new law is just a red herring meant to draw our attention away from the issues regarding education. Read on

pot calling the kettle black

Meaning: criticizing someone for a fault that you have too

Example: I can't believe that you are upset because I was late. That is the pot calling the kettle black. Read on

black hole

Meaning: a place in which things are lost never to be seen again

Example: My handbag is a black hole. You can try and find the keys in there but I can’t promise anything. Read on

paint the town red

Meaning: to celebrate and have a wild time

Example: I can't wait to go out with my best friend and paint the town red! Read on

shades of grey

Meaning: refers to a situation where things are not really clear

Example: Tina's story to the police on how she got mugged was different shades of grey as it was not consistent. Read on

grass is always greener on the other side

Meaning: to think that other's part is better than mine

Example: The lawyer always thought that the grass is greener on the other side and left his profession to become an MBA graduate. Guess what? He is still struggling to find a job. Read on

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read the riot act

Meaning: warning someone by scolding them to improve their behavior

Example: She'd been bearing bad behavior from her employee and thought it was time to read him the riot act. Read on

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